Moving Forward Together - August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014

IHLS Offices Closed for Labor Day

All IHLS offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 1, 2014. Delivery and Talking Book Services will not be provided.

See our Office Hours page for a listing of IHLS Holidays.


Statewide Delivery Data Collection

One of the recommendations from the Illinois State Library’s Delivery Advisory Committee was a physical count of all items being handled via delivery. The recommendation was that a statewide sampling be taken for one week each quarter. Both Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) are fully committed to this recommendation. We are asking our member libraries to partner with us to assist in the data collection process. This will help us ensure that the delivery statistics we provide to the Illinois State Library are accurate.
When you start packing your items for Monday, September 8 pickup, please count all items in each of the delivery containers that are being shipped from your library, and complete the form. (You will also receive paper copies of this form from your IHLS Delivery Manager.) Once completed, place the form on top of the items inside each bin/tub/bag. IHLS will do all of the tabulation and data input. Follow this same procedure through Friday, September 12.
The dates for fiscal year 2015’s statistical sampling are:

  • September 8 - 12, 2014
  • November 17 – 21, 2014
  • February 2 – 6, 2015
  • May 11 – 15, 2015 

On behalf of IHLS and RAILS delivery staff, thank you for your participation in this statewide count. Do not hesitate to contact your delivery hub manager or Susan Palmer, Operations Director ( | 618-656-3216 ext. 409) with any questions or concerns.

Library Directors’ Chat - Wednesday

The next Directors’ Chat is Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. This is an electronic workshop that will provide IHLS member library directors an opportunity to ask questions, make comments, and communicate with the hosts and each other, without leaving their home library. This will be a monthly event, held on the first Wednesday of each month.
Please register in L2:

Connect with Leslie Recording

Did you miss Connect with Leslie on Tuesday? Visit the Connect with Leslie page on the IHLS website to listen to a recording of the meeting. Topics included: August Board Meeting Recap, Delivery System Standards, Proposed System Standards, IHLS Members’ Day and IHLS Directors’ Chat.

Library Jobs

Check the IHLS website for job openings on our Library Jobs tab: To add a job posting for your library to the IHLS jobs page, please send to

Continuing Education Opportunities

RAILS has opened up two webinars to IHLS members.
Introduction to Copyright Webinar September 9
This webinar will offer an introduction to what you need to know about copyright and will emphasize fair use and the use of library resources in teaching. Library staff working in educational settings may be particularly interested in this content. You can view this webinar on Tuesday, September 9, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., from your computer or mobile device. Log into L2 and register at:
Library User Experience Design Webinar September 18
User Experience (UX) thinking deals with how customers feel about your products and services. For more information on UX and how it can improve your library users' experience, join Aaron Schmidt on Thursday, September 18, from 11 a.m. - noon. Please note that you must be logged into L2 to view the webinar information. For more information and registration, see:

Demo of CollectionHQ September 11

Would you like to become more familiar with collectionHQ (, a subscription-based performance improvement service that helps you select, manage, and promote your collection? This product works seamlessly with an Integrated Library System to extract evidence that can help you make more informed decisions about your collection activities. A demonstration of collectionHQ will be held on Thursday, September 11, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in person at RAILS Burr Ridge service center and by videoconference at scheduled locations. For more information and registration, see:

Reaching Forward South

Have you been looking for Reaching Forward South’s conference information? Trying to book your stay at Northfield Inn for September? Because of increased competition in the fall of 2014 for conference space in Springfield the conference has been moved to April 17, 2015. There will be a new venue, the University of Illinois Springfield. With this extra time they are revamping their topics, schedule, and website to bring you relevant support staff workshops, continuing education, and staff development. The planning committee anticipates having the new website, speaker schedules, and registration ready by December. We look forward to a great conference in 2015! If you have any questions contact Michael Baumann, Director of the Toulon Public Library District, 309-286-5791 who is chair of the Reaching Forward South Planning Committee.

Member Spotlight  

Brenda Funkhouser retired as director of the Eldorado Memorial PLD and was recently honored by Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka for her 45 years of service to the library and the community.

Here is an earlier news video on her retirement.
If your library has an invitation, news item, or successful program you would like to include in an upcoming newsletter, please contact Julia Pernicka, Communications Assistant ( | 618-656.3216 x 442).

Upcoming Free Webinars

More webinars can be found at:


2015 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grant

The 2015 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grant application which is due on or before October 15 is available at
This year there are two parts to the grant application — first is the application itself, found under Application Forms and Instructions and second is the Expenditure Report Forms. If you did not report the use of grant funds for 2013, you must use the 2013 form(s) and send as an attachment with your application. If you have already spent FY2014 grant funds received in the spring, you have the option of using the 2014 form(s) and reporting in October, or you can wait until next year. FY2014 funds must be encumbered by June 30, 2015 and expended by August 15, 2015.
As per the FY15 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant Requirements, Illinois public libraries must have at least one staff member attend an instructional course to fulfill the education and training requirement. To fulfill the technology requirements, at least one member of the library staff and at least one board member must attend an informational webinar or in-person session about The Edge Initiative.
If you have not yet fulfilled these requirements, public libraries applying for the FY2015 Per Capita Grant have the opportunity to satisfy both by viewing an information webinar. The webinar which includes instructions on the EDGE and the Public Library Per Capita application is available at  
After viewing the webinar, carefully read the Instructions for Completing Fillable PDF Grant Forms If you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Illinois State Library.

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.

In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – August 20, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The August 15, 2014, 2014, issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Congratulations, Cyndy Colletti!
  • Skillsoft Courses Available Statewide to Illinois Library Staff
  • 2015 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Grant
  • Attention All Grant Applicants!
  • Library System Administrative Rules
  • ILL Fee Management (IFM)
  • Illinois History - Digital Imaging Grant Offering - Applications Due October 1, 2014
  • Save the Date! Upcoming Webinar about the ISL “Illinois History - Digital Imaging” Grant Offering
  • Digital Imaging Grant Reviewers Needed - Apply by September 1, 2014
  • Live & Learn Construction Grant Review Committee Members Needed
  • Live and Learn Construction Grant Program Applications Now Available Online
  • Stories from Illinois Libraries


Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Register in L2:
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Administrative Site Training, Fuze
  • eRead Illinois Axis 360 Scoping Overview, Fuze

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Illinois History-Digital Imaging Grant Offering Webinar, Adobe Connect
  • IHLS Member Library Directors’ Chat, Adobe Connect
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Fuze

Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Book Cataloging - Marion Carnegie Library
  • ISLAC (Illinois State Library Advisory Committee Meeting), ISL & VTEL
  • Searching and Editing in OCLC Connexion, Marion Carnegie Library

Monday, September 8, 2014

  • eRead Illinois: Basic 3M Cloud Library Demo, Adobe Connect
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Fuze

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

  • SHARE Catalogers Training Session, Adobe Connect
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Administrative Site Training, Fuze
  • eRead Axis 360 Scoping Overview, Fuze

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • Book Cataloging, IHLS Edwardsville
  • SWAYS (Southwest Advocates for Youth Services) Meeting, Daugherty PLD
  • SHARE Chat (Bib Services), Adobe Connect
  • Searching and Editing in OCLC Connexion, IHLS Edwardsville
  • eRead Illinois: IHLS Tech Petting Zoo, Carmi PL

Thursday, September 11, 2014

  • SLING (School Librarians) Meeting, Tri-Township PLD (Troy)
  • CollectionHQ Demo
  • eRead Illinois: Using your 3M Shopping Cart, Adobe Connect

Friday, September 12, 2014

  • Free-Form-Free-For-All, Vespasian Warner PLD Clinton
  • RFS Committee Meeting, VTEL


If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
--Marcus Tullius Cicero

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

If you would like something to appear in the next newsletter, please contact Julia Pernicka, Communications Assistant ( | 618-656.3216 x 442).